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Sucharita Ghosh Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Associate Professor Dr. Sucharita Ghosh has been notified that she is the recipient of aDr. Sucharita Ghosh Fulbright research award to Italy for the Spring 2018 semester. As her award letter states, “The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.” During her stay she will hold a joint appointment with the University of Salento and the University of Bari.  During the appointment she will undertake collaborative research with colleagues at both institutions working on a project that examines issues related to income inequality, trade, foreign direct investment and immigration in EU and OECD countries. This is Dr. Ghosh’s second Fulbright award to Italy.  Her previous award was in 2006.

Women in Business and Government

The Department of Economics is excited to host the following panel members on Thursday, April 6th at 3:15pm in the Student Resource Center of the Taylor Institute (5th floor of the Polsky Building).

  • Amy Held, Vice President Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Smucker's
  • Heidi Blakeway-Phillips, CFO and Board Director, Independent Management Services, LLC
  • Sandra Pianalto, Former CEO, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank
  • Emilia Sykes, State Representative, State of Ohio
  • Michelle Primm, Managing Partner, Cascade Auto Group
  • Amy Herrbold, Vice President of Human Resources, The Smithers Group

Turner Anderson wins First Place Award at the OAEPS Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Economics Department graduate student, Turner Anderson, who won the First Place Award in the Economics Graduate Student Paper Competition at the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS) 76th Annual Meeting Conference held at Northern Kentucky University on September 23-24, 2016. Turner’s research paper titled, "The Impact of Obesity on Unemployment Spells in the United States," found that obese women faced significantly longer job searches than non-obese women and that both obese men and women faced significantly longer total unemployment in the time period 2007-2013. Financial support for Turner’s conference expenses were provided by UA’s Graduate Student Government’s Professional Enrichment Grant and the Department of Economics. More details about OAEPS are available at



Congratulations to Economics Department student Dalton Konop (first one from the right in the picture), who won third place for his economic research in the poster competition held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on April 29, 2016. Dalton's research was titled The Effect of Grants for Higher Education on Crime: Differentiating Need and Merit-Based Aid. The competition was sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the University of Akron Economics Department. Dalton was one of five students from the UA Economics Department who entered the competition along with fourteen other students from Ohio and western Pennsylvania colleges. The Cleveland Fed has been partnering with the University of Akron's Department of Economics to host the competition each spring since 2009.

We have been recognized for excellence by The Financial Engineer in a recent national ranking of 157 schools that offer a terminal master’s degree in economics. Full story.

Dr. Weinstein
now has our department Facebook page up and running!  FaceBookFollow us for department news, interesting articles and upcoming seminars and events. (9/2015)

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Mr and Mrs DilleyThe Department of Economics is grateful for David and Lessia Dilley’s gift to establish  The Dilley Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics. In 1973, David received his Bachelor  of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science.  He serves on both the Economics Department Advisory Board and The University of Akron National Alumni Board of Directors.

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Full-time faculty

Dr. Erickson CBA 320 330-972-7973
Dr. Ghosh CBA 312 330-972-7549
Dr. Kuchibhotla CBA 321 330-972-7440
Mr. Litt CBA 311 330-972-7548
Dr. Myers CBA 323 330-972-7421
Dr. Nelson CBA 310 330-972-7939
Dr. Renna CBA 324 330-972-7411
Dr. Weinstein CBA 322 330-972-7975

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Mr. Blazunas CBA 301 330-972-7546
Mr. Bragg CBA 301 330-972-7546
Mr. Fritsch CBA 301 330-972-7546
Ms. Nawari CBA 301 330-972-7133
Mr. Tarr CBA 313 330-972-7133
Dr. Sheppard CBA 313 330-972-7133